Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo has been ruled out of representing Nigeria at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
The 22-year-old, who missed Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt in Kaduna and Alexandria, has been told by his team doctor he needs time to recover.
Speaking to BBC Sport on Tuesday, the defender who is on a season-long loan at Turkish side Kasimpasa from Chelsea, expressed his disappointment on missing out on the games, while thanking Coach Samson Siasia for considering him.
“I feel sad about it as it was another good opportunity for me to represent my country,” Omeruo said.
“The doctor insists I need rest to start next season without injury.
“It is disappointing and frustrating to say the least. I’d be lying if I said I would not want to be out there playing.
“But at the same time, I need to be fully fit to be at my best and I have no doubt that the squad will do great in Brazil.
“I would also like to thank the coach [Siasia] for even considering me in the first place,” he concluded.
Omeruo, aged 22 would have allowed Siasia the chance to include three over-aged players.
The Dream Team have been grouped in Group B, they will begin their quest for a gold medal against Japan on August 4 at the Amazônia Arena, Manaus before facing Colombia and Sweden.